Master Cleanser Starvation Diet
Ironically, I first heard about this diet from Robin Quivers on The Howard Stern Show. Now, even though I love Robin, a diet based on a “master cleanse” elixir always sounded weird to me. In case you’re baffled by it too, check out Lola Ogunnaike’s report in The Sunday New York Times:
While popular diets and fasts come and go, master cleanse remains a perennial favorite, a kind of folk regimen that owes its popularity to word of mouth and the Internet. Created in the 1940’s by a nutrition guru, Stanley Burroughs, to treat ulcers and other internal ailments, the fast enjoyed a vogue in the late ’70s after the publication of his book “The Master Cleanser.” Its fans then were health-conscious types, interested in purging their bodies of impurities and toxins like pesticides and food additives…Has anyone ever tried this? Personally, I’ll stick with my leafy greens and avocados.
…Robin Quivers, Howard Stern’s long-suffering sidekick, told People magazine that she did the fast on three separate occasions in 2004 and shrunk to 145 pounds from a peak of 218. (She heard about it from the magician David Blaine, no stranger to challenging his body.)
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